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Survival: Pool is the third level of Survival Mode introduced in Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies: Journey to the West, and Plants vs. Zombies: Great Wall Edition. Being set in the Pool, the objective of this game is to survive five waves with one flag given for each wave.

Difficulty

  • Coming from Survival: Night, the player is greeted with a level which is more liberal when it comes to strategies.
  • The presence of the pool allows for a Garlic strategy to be deployed, as the player can easily predict in which lanes zombies will be diverted to. This also means that Gloom-shrooms are ideal here, both for regular zombies and ones that appear in ambushes.
    • Other than Fume-shroom, the only other viable mushrooms for a daytime setting are Ice-shroom and Doom-shroom. What makes them excellent is that the player controls their activation with Coffee Bean and uses them when needed. However, they should be planted on tiles where they will not be consistently in danger of being eaten.
  • If the player does not want to base their strategy on mushrooms, they will need to secure the pool lane as ambush attacks happen frequently.
  • Gatling Peas with Torchwoods have proved to work great for this level. However, Pumpkins should be used to defend these costly and hard-to-set-up plants. Tall-nuts are better than Wall-nuts in this case; as peas will not be able to hit Snorkel Zombies underwater, Tall-nuts will be more durable than their "light" version.

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Strategies

Strategy 1: Fire Pea Gold Magnet

FirePeaGoldMagnet

Fully developed strategy

This is a strategy that is moderately hard to set up, but pays off by letting the rounds play themselves and still not lose any money.

Plants:

Optional:

Setup:

Start by planting your Sunflowers, as usual. When a zombie appears, use a Potato Mine. When you can afford them, plant Repeaters, their alignment being in a column. Put Torchwoods in front, and upgrade to Gatling Peas when you can (sooner is better). Place the Gold Magnets as seen in the picture (in front of torchwoods, inner land row). Now Pumpkin all the Gold Magnets and Torchwoods. At this point, you can leave and do anything else, as the round will pretty much play itself as long as the game is running. Optionally, you can add Marigolds to receive some more money. Note that, from testing, it's impossible to do the whole setup in a single flag.

Jackninja5's Strategy

Wave 1

Plants needed:

Do what you did at the first flag of Survival: Day with Lily Pads but use Potato Mine for the first zombie. If you have enough time plant Twin Sunflowers on the Sunflowers. Use Tangle Kelp when the ambush zombies get out of the water. I have a diagram:

S S P SP
S S P SP
LS LS LP LSP
LS LS LP LSP
S S P SP
S S P SP

  • L = Lily Pad
  • S = Sunflower
  • P = Peashooter
  • SP = Snow Pea

Wave 2

You must choose:

Last daytime level (Day and Pool are both in the day), I used a fire killing spree. Use a fire one if you want, but I am using an ice killing spree. So replace Peashooters with Repeaters and use the Tall-nuts. Do the Twin Sunflower thing done in the Survival: Day level. You can do the Gatling Pea thing again too. And the diagram is now:

Note: R's and GP's: Put the GP’s on any R’s you want. TN’s go wherever you want too. I will show you what I did. Whatever you do, no difference.

TS TS R SP TN
TS TS GP SP
LS LS LGP LSP LTN
LS LS LR LSP LTN
S S R SP
S S R SP TN

  • GP = Gatling Pea
  • TN = Tall-nut
  • R = Repeater

If you are using the fire killing spree, replace the Snow Pea with Torchwood.

Wave 3

Choose these:

Keep using Twin Sunflowers, Gatling Peas, and Tall-nuts. Tangle Kelp never changes. Here is the diagram:

TS TS GP SP TN
TS TS GP SP TN
LTS LTS LGP LSP LTN
LTS LTS LGP LSP LTN
S S GP SP TN
S S GP SP TN

If you are using the fire killing spree, replace the Snow Pea with Torchwood.

Wave 4

There are Football Zombies and Dancing Zombies coming.

Choose:

Don't worry about the Football Zombies. They will get killed by Gatling Peas and go slow. Keep the Twin Sunflower strategy up. Tangle Kelps; still use them. Tall-nuts should be with you when your Tall-nuts are damaged.

Final Wave

Choose these plants:

Just do the same thing again.

Buttered Wintermelons

By BGB64

Plants

  • Sunflower
  • Potato Mine (optional)
  • Kernel-pult
  • Melon-pult
  • Lily Pad
  • Cattail (optional)
  • Tall-nut
  • Winter Melon (optional)

Strategy

Plant a column of Sunflowers at the furthest to the left, while using Potato Mines (if you picked them) or begin to plant a column of Kernel-pults in the second column. If you picked Twin Sunflowers, plant them as soon as possible. Plant the Tall-nuts in the fourth column from the right, only in the pool. Plant a column of Melon-pults in front of the Kernel-pults, and slowly upgrade them to Winter Melons. In the pool, between the Melon-pults, or Winter melons if upgraded, and the Tall-nuts, plant the Cattails.

Cob Cannon Strategy

Plants needed: (flag one)

Plant four columns of Sunflowers (not at Lily Pads) as fast as possible. Potato Mines and Squashes are needed in this process. Eventually, they will need to upgrade them to Twin Sunflowers. All along the pool will be Cattails, but guarded with Pumpkins. This process will need many flags.

Plants needed: (flag two)

  • Twin Sunflower (continued)
  • Pumpkin (for Cattail)
  • Cattail
  • Kernel-pult
  • Cob Cannon

Continue planting Twin Sunflowers and Cattails. But dig up the forth column of Sunflowers. Plant a Kernel-pult in that place along with the space in front of it. There will be Cob Cannons there. Anything not done will be done in flag three and flag four.

Last, plant Spikeweeds in all missing spaces.

Active Coin Farming

Acf

This is the strategy for people who want to farm coins but are too worried about Jack-in-the-Box Zombies blowing up.

Plants

  • Sunflower
  • Squash
  • Marigold + Imitater
  • Coffee Bean
  • Lily Pad
  • Fume-shroom + Gloom-shroom
  • Pumpkin
  • Garlic
  • Magnet-shroom + Gold Magnet
  • Spikeweed + Spikerock (optional)

Begin the level by planting as much Sunflower and Marigold as possible - the goal of this strategy is to get coins. Use Squashes to stall the incoming horde while you plant Gloom-shrooms and Garlics at exactly the positions as denoted in the picture. Start planting Gold Magnets and Spikerocks at the second flag.

Remember to always try to fill the lawn with as many Marigold as possible - at least 32 Marigolds can be safely planted safely. You can also fill in the six empty pool tiles with additional Marigolds and guard them with Pumpkins. This strategy allows you to gain over 11k gold after 5 flags.

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